Fiat Chrysler will temporarily lay off about 3,200 workers at its Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio as it retools the plant to produce the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL.
The automaker is Jeep Cherokee production from Toledo to its vacant site in Belvidere, Illinois in order to make way for the Wrangler JL and Wrangler JL based pickup truck, which is to arrive in early to mid-2018.
According to Ohio’s Morning Journal, the lay offs will begin in April and last for at least six months. Around 5,000 employees currently work at the Toledo site and FCA has said that no jobs will be lost in the production shift.
The Belvidere site that is to take over Cherokee production formerly built the Dodge Dart, which was axed from the automaker’s lineup so FCA could ramp-up production of its more profit heavy crossovers, trucks and SUVs.